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Ulf Sydbeck, Riviera Yacht Support

Posted: 10th Sep 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Ulf Sydbeck talks to OnboardOnline about how his yachting career led him to create Riviera Yacht Support, and how eventual burnout resulted in a better workplace and a better life. Read More

Q&A: Bianca Meyjes

Posted: 11th Aug 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Bianca Meyjes tells us about the challenges of having guinea pigs on board a yacht and meeting the love of her life at the rubbish bins. Read More

Fabio Ermetto: Chairman of Fraser's Yachtique Division

Posted: 31st Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

OnboardOnline caught up with Fabio Ermetto of Fraser Yachts on board one of the jewels in their charter crown, the stylish M/Y Latitude, which occupies a special place in his heart. Read More

Jacqui Lockhart

Posted: 21st Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

OnboardOnline caught up with Jacqui as she outlined ambitious plans for the future of the MYBA Charter Show, including a possible change of venue. Read More

Superyacht Super-Chefs: Meet Phil Colicchio

Posted: 18th Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In the last decade, the term “Super-Chef” has come to define a galaxy of creative thinkers who have attached their names to everything from hotel restaurants to beach resorts. Read More

Anna Nina: Putting Sailing on the Map in Albania

Posted: 3rd Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In the Albania of Anna Nina's youth, there was no sailing culture to speak of and an oppressive Socialist dictatorship in power. Thirty years on, Anna Nina is putting Albanian sailing on the map. Read More

Yann Joannon, Director of Les Voiles d'Antibes

Posted: 2nd Jun 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

The Voiles d'Antibes has grown from a conversation between race crew in 1995 to one of the most-loved regattas on the classic circuit, thanks to locals like Voiles Director Yann Joannon. OnboardOnline caught up with him to talk ... Read More

Andrew Roch, Shore Solutions

Posted: 2nd May 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

Ever worked on a boat that rations out toothpaste or measures loo roll usage? Andrew Roch of Shore Solutions sits down with OnboardOnline to discuss provisioning challenges, crew budgets and how the industry has changed. Read More

Terry Gilmore, Abacus & March

Posted: 1st May 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Etiquette is an old fashioned word that still counts for a huge amount in the service industry. Just ask Terry Gilmore, a former chief steward, house manager and PA for four decades who has worked on some of the world’s most luxur... Read More

Ilija Dimitrijevic, Captain of M/Y Ocean Paradise

Posted: 24th Apr 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Captain Ilija Dimitrijevic used to have what many people would consider the dream job…running two diving schools in the beautiful waters of Croatia and Montenegro. Read More

Anthony Bay on High-End Tourism

Posted: 20th Apr 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

In the case of Anthony Bay, getting to the top of the elite travel industry wasn’t a matter of determination triumphing over adversity, rather 'How to get ahead without really meaning to.' Read More

Fiona Maureso

Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Fiona Maureso has seen the yachting industry evolve drastically over the course of her 25-year career. Everything has become bigger and faster and increasingly operates online. Read More

Superyacht Chef Simon Furey

Posted: 28th Feb 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Sitting in a careers class in Coventry 25 years ago, little did Simon Furey realise that one day, he would make his name cooking on one of the most sumptuous private yachts. Read More

Q&A: Nicky Andre

Posted: 21st Feb 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Nicky Andre from Hemisphere Crew Solutions talks about joining the industry, meeting Richard Branson, and the challenge of creating a bespoke crew headhunting agency. Read More

Chris Allix

Posted: 9th Feb 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Chris Allix is the man you go to if you’re looking for superyacht ownership expertise. You go to him because he’s always planning two steps ahead. He does this because he has to: he works in a competitive market for clients with h... Read More

Norma Trease

Posted: 12th Dec 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

It’s hard to imagine a career in yachting that’s been quite as diverse as that of Norma Trease. OnboardOnline talked with Trease about the keys to success, the process of reinvention, and all the opportunities afforded by the yach... Read More

Nicolas Fry

Posted: 18th Nov 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

It took a while for Nicolas Fry, Charter Manager with Camper & Nicholsons, to find his way into yachting. Fry had graduated in marketing, before experiencing the rise and fall of the dot-com bubble, which prompted him to take time... Read More

Q&A: Joss Willner

Posted: 7th Nov 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Joss Willner, Captain of M/Y Baton Rouge, has come a long way since arriving in the South of France in 1983 after a teenage stint in the Merchant Navy. He's a pragmatist, described by friends as 'old school' and a safe pair of han... Read More

Albert Willemsen - ICOMIA

Posted: 22nd Oct 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Albert Willemsen was educated as an engineer. Somehow he’s gone from an engineer focused on the sky to being an environmental expert focused on the sea. Read More

Q&A : Jenny Howarth, IYC Crew Director

Posted: 16th Sep 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

OnboardOnline recently caught up with Jenny Howarth to talk about the milk run summers, the joy of turtles, and what it's like to finally unpack your bags. Read More

Ken Hickling

Posted: 28th Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

While a specialist in marine paints, Ken Hickling has thrived as a generalist during his tenure as president of the ISS, unafraid to take on major issues like ethics. Read More

Q&A: Mel Thunderbolt

Posted: 14th Aug 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Engineer Mel Thunderbolt loves boats. Sailing them, working on them and fixing them (although she could happily do without the shore power cable system.) Join her as she describes her sheer love of yachting, a lucky escape from an... Read More

Tom DeBuse- Y.CO Charter Management

Posted: 2nd Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Despite a desire to run away to sea on a superyacht, Tom DeBuse has never quite been able to. It wasn’t that he never planned to do so. But he was thrown off course by a lost credit card that was in needed his attention in Greece.... Read More

Q&A: Alison Rentoul

Posted: 12th Jul 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Alison Rentoul is known to many of us in the industry as The Crew Coach. However, she had to sustain quite a few bumps and bruises before she decided to dedicate her career to helping others avoid (or perhaps just soften) those sa... Read More

Eric Rahn

Posted: 30th Jun 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Peterson Fuel Delivery has been offering bunkering services in South Florida since 1990. Its founder, Ted Peterson, designed and built the three custom barges used by the company to pull up alongside everything from tour boats to ... Read More

William S. Smith III

Posted: 4th Jun 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Hurricane Katrina was not kind to the Gulf Coast. And it didn't spare Trinity Yachts or the company’s vice president, William S. Smith III – better known as Billy. Mr. Smith, John Dane III and Felix Sabates bought the company in 2... Read More

Roberto Lottini

Posted: 26th Apr 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Two giants in the yacht interior industry – Genesis and Yachtline – merged in 2001, and the manufacturing company has been a force to be reckoned with ever since, having worked on more than 100 yachts. In this time, they have spur... Read More

Q&A: Erica Lay

Posted: 10th Apr 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

She may be small in stature, but that hasn’t stopped Erica Lay from doing some very big things. Only recently, Lay launched her own international yacht crew agency – the Erica Lay Crew Company – in Palma de Mallorca. But like so m... Read More

Raphaël Domjan

Posted: 12th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

After witnessing the effects of fossil-fuel dependency on the environment firsthand, the 40-year-old Swiss founder of PlanetSolar, Raphaël Domjan, set off on what would become an eight-year mission to show what could be done with ... Read More

Patrick Marchesseau

Posted: 1st Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Four years ago, Capt. Patrick Marchesseau found himself surrounded by a group of Somali pirates pointing assault rifles at him and his crew aboard the 88m (288 ft) French cruiser M/V Le Ponant. The ship had been en route from the ... Read More


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